Written by Zoe Stephens
Home to the capital city of Beijing, most travellers will hit up the North China during their trip. Unfortunately, many skip past other Northern provinces and stick to Beijing itself. Shrouded in history and culture, you’re missing out if you don’t do a bit of exploring. Henan and Hebei are known as the most “Chinese” parts of China since they are largely untouched by tourism. Other provinces include Tianjin, Shanxi, Shandong, and Beijing.
This traditional style hutong accommodation is located in the heart of Beijing, two minutes walk from the subway and 4km to Forbidden City. You’ll find it hard to believe you’re staying in the capital in this peaceful neighbourhood. There is also a lake just a few minutes walk away allowing you to enjoy a bit of nature. If you need any more reason to stay here, they do a great free breakfast included in the price, and you can even choose between western or Chinese style.
So… How about enjoying your stay in China in a castle?! This is something not everyone can say about their stay in China. In fact, I’m sure very few can say that. The house is located in an amazing area, close to both the sightseeing of the Qianfo Mountain & the Baotu Spring. Surrounded by mountains and forest, it’s hard to believe you’re still in China. You will be sharing the castle with the travel-savvy host Chongyang and his wife who will make sure you have everything you need during your stay. There is a kitchen on site, and two restaurants downstairs (one vegetarian). Breakfast is also included.
Why not add a bit of luxury to your stay in China at this high-end hotel chain? Rooms are equipped with a French princess bed and other hotel amenities, including air purifier. This creates a stylish and comfortable feel. It is located conveniently for all of your sightseeing needs. You’ll be staying in the heart of the city of Hexi District, Bali (Tianjin Normal University site), Nantong, Tianda, and near to Tianta Lake. With their constant 5* ratings, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your stay here!
Price: €7 Per night
If you’ve never stayed in a capsule hotel before, this is a great opportunity. Based on Japanese design, these spacious pods come equipped with satellite TV, dresser, folding mini computer desk, wireless Internet and air conditioning. They’re great if you like a bit of privacy at night, but not for those who get claustrophobic easily! It is conveniently situated opposite a supermarket and just 10 minutes walk from Taiyuan South Station. You can’t go wrong with this great budget find.
Price: €18 Per night
This basic accommodation is located in a great spot in Henan. The house is a traditional hut and has a homely, warm feel to it. It’s decorated nicely and is clean and tidy. Guests should note that the room is on the 5th floor without lift access. Nearby there are a few shops, supermarkets, and a couple of parks to explore.